$25,200 Arizona whisky bottle is toast of American Bottle Auctions

An empty whisky bottle made $25,200 at American Bottle Auctions' recent sale.

The circa 1900 near-mint condition Jule's Bourbon exceeded its $20,000 estimate at the California auction.

The "spin mould fifth bottle", which has gold decoration, is said by the auctioneers to be possibly the best known example of a "back bar bottle".  

Not a drop to drink: A $25,200
bourbon bottle

It was discovered during the 1940s in a Tucson, Arizona basement, among artefacts that had once belonged to the bottle's manufacturer, Julius Goldman, a frontier saloon keeper and local liquor distributor.

Investors had plenty of other bottles to keep them interested at the auction, which amassed $239,429.

A triangular-shaped 1865 National Bitters bottle made in Detroit went for $12,880, while a rarely-seen Keach Torpedo Soda specimen, produced in Baltimore, achieved $8,960.


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